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    After having stopped off here a couple of years ago we returned last week for four nights so we could have a proper look at the area rather than just fly through. We were in the car this time (to collect food and wine) but still got the motards discount.

    We had a superb time and Carol and Nigel looked after us superbly. Glad to say that the standards of the place are as good as our first visit and we were delighted to be back. The area is superb and needs more than a few days so we will definately be back.

    So, if you are passing through or fancy a great touring base then this is one of the best.


    We even managed to negotiate strike torn Calais on Tuesday and caught one of the last shuttles out before the terminal got shutdown so had a great end to our mini holiday.

    Cheers

    Tom & Angie

    Note: Nigel did say he likes to be called "Nig" these days.

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    Hi Tom, Angie

    Thanks for your comments. Was great to see you both again and glad you enjoyed the area, etc.

    We have been busy with other guests and have only just seen your post, we were going to email you re your 'escape' from Calais so good to hear you managed to dodge all the nutters up there!!

    The weather has just got hotter and hotter and we have had 34 degrees here today, way too hot for me

    Take care both and enjoy the heatwave the UK is due tomorrow!!

    Kind regards

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    I cannot comment on the Maison, as I haven't visited (yet!).

    However, I know the area well; I cycle there every year with some old mates (we based ourselves in Bagnoles, just a few Kms from the Maison, just 4 weeks ago).

    Anyway, it's an absolutely tremendous area for biking. Whether you like open farmland with sunflower fields and distant village spires, or almost traffic free roads through balmy wooded hillsides, or medieval towns steeped in history, or bubbling rivers.... this area has the lot in abundance.

    Some of the bigger towns (like Bagnoles) offer not just one but a few Michelin restaurants - brilliant food and wine at great prices.

    When you first visit this area you realise that you don't have to do 7 hours through France to get to the 'good bits' - they're right here just an hour from the port (or about 4-5 hours on a racing cycle).

    A single IGN map* (R02, Basse et Haute-Normandie) is all you need for this area and more.

    Great as a stopover, but even better to spend a day or two exploring.

    Paul G

    *large piece of paper with lines representing roads and geographical features, became largely redundant from about 2001.

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    Hi The Other PaulG

    Thanks for the big-up of the area, it a great region to explore, as you say.

    When you are on your push-iron you will be benefiting from the great roads round here as three years ago ish lots of them were re-surfaced for the 'Semaine Federal' a push-iron meet held every year in a different town in France each time, it has been running for 75 year and we got it here....14,000 cyclists!! Have to say I escaped back to England during that week but it did our roads a world of good
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    We do comment on the smooth surfaces - you're very aware of them when you have no suspension, just skinny tyres pumped up to 70-odd psi.

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    We stayed at Maison Laudiere for 3 nights on our way down to Spain.

    After a long, incredibly hot and eventful first day en-route from Ijmuiden to Maison Laudiere - 500 miles.
    Firstly I ran out of petrol .

    Secondly broke my new phone when I laid the bike over onto the right-hand pot to swill the petrol onto the pump side of the tank (I put my jacket under the pot so as not to scrape the recently refurbed head guard - guess where the phone was)

    Third the final drive oil seal gave up the ghost weeping oil all over the back tyre and brake plus we had to filter through what felt like the entire length of Belgium.

    We arrived at ML at 22:15 to say we were frazzled would be an understatement!! On arrival we were greeted by Nigel and Carol, within moments Carol had disappeared and reappeared with two beers, and then another two and several more over the course of the evening - what a women.


    The next day Nigel rang the dealer to check they had the oil seal and reserved it, he then ran us about for oil and stuff to do the repair. It started raining but being made of stern\simple stuff we decided to ride up to Caen to purchase the oil seal within moments of setting off the heavens literally opened plus the satnav went bzzzt and blue screened (turned out that the power supply\GPS holder had shorted out) regardless we thought we'd push on but not for long my bike was twitching all over the place with the oil on the tyre and the sheer amount of water on the roads - we saw sense and returned to ML intending to go the following day.

    Seeing the atrocious weather and wanting to help Nigel offered to drive us up to Caen on the afternoon which would have been a 130 mile round trip, I ask you who would do that for a perfect stranger. We declined and had a lazy afternoon lunch with Nigel and Carol. In the evening Nigel dropped us off in a nearby town with plenty of restaurants and bars and later came back and picked us up. On Wednesday it was still raining on and off but we went up to Caen and bought the oil seal planning to do it on Thursday morning, on Wednesday evening Nigel and Carol did a barbecue which in fairness to Carol was one of the best meals of the entire trip.

    Thursday saw us up bright and early, oil seal replaced using Nigel’s tools and us on our way at lunch time with Nigel’s usb power lead to charge the GPS overnight.

    Would I recommend Maison Laudiere and Nigel and Carol – absolutely unreservedly, we were treat like long lost friends - both of them simply could not do enough to make our stay comfortable and to help us out with the bike repair and other things.

    Nigel I know you probably monitor\read this thread. Many, many thanks to you both for your help and hospitality. I posted the GPS cable back to you today so you should have it soon.

    I’d like to be able to report the rest of the trip went smoothly, which it kind of did with the exception of someone running into the back of me at a roundabout near Pau (no damage done), Les getting lost three times and the speedo drive failing somewhere near Bergerac on the way home but apart from that it all went like clockwork……………

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    Hi John

    Thanks for your kind words, always glad to help out as nothing worse than being stranded on holiday due to something you could fix with a little help Thanks for posting the lead back too.

    We were eating cold sausage and chicken for a couple of days after the bbq!

    Good to hear you both got home ok even though you had a few further issues!

    Regards to you both.

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    Spent a couple of nights at Maison Laudiere last week and can't recommend it highly enough

    Unfortunately I missed Nigel as he was in England but Carole was the perfect hostess, had one of her famous home-cooked meals on arrival and after a long second day visiting various WW2 sites, availed of another as I was knackered and didn't fancy eating out.

    Altogether, a great place to stay and I'm looking forward to a return visit as soon as I can arrange it

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    Hi Arthur

    Sorry I missed you but had to come over to England to sort some stuff out.

    Good to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you if you manage another trip over sometime.

    Cheers

    Nige and Carole
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    Just booked up today for 3 nights in September.

    Looking forward to it.

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    Hi Jonathan

    Look forward to meeting you all in September.

    Rgds

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    I stayed at Maison Laudiere last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night with a couple of mates, Daniel and Paul. I had the king size room and my mates shared the twin room.

    On arrival we were met by Carole and Nigel who quickly provided pieces of wood for our side stands, as they have a gravel drive. After our welcome we were handed a beer and shown to our rooms. The property has been very carefully renovated and to a very high standard. On our first night we ate with our hosts and Carole produced a superb selection of food for us, we were stuffed afterwards. The beer and wine continued to flow and we all slept very well

    The next day we had a gentle ride around the area with routes provided by our hosts and on our return Nigel grove us into town for us to eat at a restaurant, picking us up later in the evening.

    The next day the weather was really iffy and very wet, no problem, Nigel sorted us out with a route to Cancale where the sun was shining, again, in the evening we had a trip into town for dinner, with Nigel driving us there and back

    Breakfast was excellent too, with bread and pastries from the local shop, proper tea and coffee.

    All in all, a fantastic place to stay with genuine, friendly hosts who know exactly what you need after a day in the saddle

    Very highly recommended.

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    I have just returned after a three day break at Mason Laudiere. I can only echo the above comments.

    The building has been renovated to a high standard and its custodians Nigel and Carole run it to an even higher one going the extra mile.

    Good food wine and beer , taxi service to town with gourmet guide , local knowledge par excellence , bikers route cards maps of the area etc.

    All of this service made discovering parts of Normandy that I would probably not found on my own devices more enjoyable.

    Thanks a lot Guys hope to return in 2016

    Frank
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    Hi Jon thanks for your post and comments.

    Really enjoyed meeting you all and glad you enjoyed the local roads, etc. Hope you all had a great time on your last few days across to Belgium and Paul was OK with that 300 mile ride from ours! Oh and many thanks for the tripadvisor post too!

    Regards to you all.

    Nige and Carole
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    Hi Frank

    Thanks for your comments too, was great to meet you and glad you were able to take in the routes with some decent weather as well!

    Hope you had a good ride along the 'beaches' when you left us and be good to see you again in 2016 if you get over this way.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank View Post
    Hi Jon thanks for your post and comments.

    Really enjoyed meeting you all and glad you enjoyed the local roads, etc. Hope you all had a great time on your last few days across to Belgium and Paul was OK with that 300 mile ride from ours! Oh and many thanks for the tripadvisor post too!

    Regards to you all.

    Nige and Carole
    Paul was knackered after the 300 mile trip to the Champagne region. He exited a roundabout a little too fast and grabbed a handful
    Bike sat up and he went over the curbing and took out a sign before entering the opposite carriageway Fortunately there was nothing coming.

    For the trip to Belgium we hit the autoroute to Brugges, he was a bit happier. He really enjoyed his first big trip but was amazed at how tough it was.

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